Roma vs FC Porto: Roma aren’t having the best Serie A season. Last year’s runners are currently placed 6th on the league table and have managed to win only 2 out of their last 5 games. Eusebio Di Francesco has his work cut out as they take on a stern opponent in FC Porto. Roma qualified second behind the reigning champions Real Madrid in Group G while FC Porto finished their league stage with an impressive 16 points out of a possible 18. Both teams would have been relatively pleased when the Round of 16 draws were out, but who’ll progress through to the quarter-finals? The stakes are high & two quality teams are ready to do battle on the grandest stage of them all.
Roma vs FC Porto
Champions League 2018/19, Round of 16, 1st Leg
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Date: 13th February 2019, Wednesday
Kick-Off: 1:30 am
EXPECTED PLAYING XI
Antonio Mirante(gk), Alessandro Florenzi, Kostas Manolas, Federico Fazio, Aleksandar Kolarov, Steven Nzonzi, Daniele De Rossi, Justin Kluivert, Nicolo Zaniolo, Stephan El Shaarawy, Edin Dzeko
Iker Casillas(gk), Eder Militao, Felipe, Pepe, Alex Telles, Otavio, Danilo Periera, Hector Herrera, Yacine Brahimi, Fernando, Tiquinho Soares
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR ROMA vs FC PORTO
Stephan El Shaarawy has been Roma’s leading goal scorer in Serie A. The Italian has been involved in 9 goals(scored 8, assists 1). His partnership with Edin Dzeko will be important if Roma fancy to repeat their last year’s antics. Dzeko hasn’t had the best goal-scoring year in the Italian League. The Bosnian ace has only managed 5 goals after 23 rounds in the Serie A but is the 3rd leading scorer(with 5 goals) this year in the Champions League. Shaarawy & Dzeko will be the players to watch out for and if these two fire, Roma are almost certain to enter the quarter-finals.
Tiquinho Soares has been the man in form for the Portuguese giants. He’s managed to find the back of the net 9 times in the Primeira Liga and will be the player to watch out for. Sergio Conceicao has martialed his troops to an extreme fineness and the unit will look to make it to the quarters of the coveted tournament yet again. Otavio, Alex Telles & Jesus Corona have played the role of playmakers and they complete a formidable attack.
FANFIGHT FANTASY FOOTBALL TEAMS FOT ROMA vs FC PORTO
Roma have never managed to beat Porto in European competitions. They’ve played the Portuguese giants 4 times(Drew 2, Lost 2).
Porto have lost six of their last seven away games against Italian clubs in the Champions League. The only time they were able to beat an Italian club was a 3-2 victory against AC Milan in 1996.
Roma have scored 11 goals in Champions League this season. All 11 from inside the box. The poaching qualities of Edin Dzeko are a testament to this number.
Dzeko has scored 8 goals in his last 5 Champions League game at home. Watch out, FC Porto.
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